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Heritage has solidified its place among the Cap Eight’s top four teams with two games remaining in the regular season.
The Huskies beat Broughton, 24-0, Friday to secure the first season over.500 in their program’s brief history.
After winning just one conference game last year, Heritage (6-3, 4-1) is on a four-game win streak in just its second year of varsity competition. The Huskies are currently tied for second place in the Cap Eight with Wakefield and Wake Forest-Rolesville behind undefeated Leesville Road.
“Athletics is a lot about confidence,” said Heritage coach Jason McGeorge. “Early in the season we had a good game here and a bad game there, but these last couple of weeks we’ve had a lot of confidence.”
Heritage held the Capitals scoreless and were powered on offense by Greg Clifton, who rushed for the Huskies’ three touchdowns. Clifton finished with 82 yards on six carries.
Kicker Matt Sattler added a 25-yard field goal and was three-for-three on extra point attempts.
Heritage quarterback Blake Walters led the team with 103 yards on the ground on 17 carries and running back Abdulkarim Sesay added 92 on 18 carries, while the Huskies’ defense picked off two Broughton passes and held the Capitals to 155 yards of total offense.
The defensive effort was amazing, McGeorge said, noting that Heritage has allowed just 14 points in its last four games.
Broughton coach Chris Martin said the Capitals offense has struggled throughout the season.
“At the beginning of the year we played great defense and our offense has just sputtered all year long,” he said. “Mentally we’re banged up, but we have two games left and we’ll play them the best we can.”
The growth of the Huskies program has been a team effort, McGeorge said.
“All of the coaches, and every player in this program has been essential to getting where we’re at now,” he said.
Heritage has a tough couple of weeks to end the regular season, starting with a game at No. 2 Leesville Road and then against No. 4 Wakefield the following week. Broughton faces Wakefield next week.
“They’re great challenges, but if you want to be a good program, you have to face those challenges,” McGeorge said. “We’re going to go back and be prepared to play our game.”